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What to do if you have Chimney Swifts in your chimney

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Some may be quite unfamiliar with this bird, but the chimney Swift is one that can cause significant problems for you at your home. These birds, which have a very thin shape, are known to find their way into the chimney of a person's home and can be difficult to get out.

Before discussing getting rid of these animals, it is important to understand that human beings have been the cause of them making their home inside your chimney. For generations, these birds lived in the holes that were found in tree trunks, but as forests have been cleared to make room for new housing developments, these birds have needed to find a new place to reside. Since they were already adapted to the area where they lived, the chimney became a logical location to replace their tree trunk homes. So, before getting too aggravated about them, understand that people are responsible for them living in your chimney.

However, that does not mean that this is where you want them to live. You want to get these animals as far away from your chimney so you can be able to enjoy the benefits of having a fireplace, but as long as these birds are there you will not have any time to enjoy it.

The problem you face before taking any kind of action is that these birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that they cannot be harmed by you at all, because you face legal consequences by doing so.

This means you need to seek a different alternative to get these birds to go away. The best way is by using their natural instincts against them. At some point each day, the chimney Swift will have to head out of your fireplace and head for a location to hunt. When it does so this is when you need to spring into action.

What you can do is attach a one-way exclusion funnel over the top of your chimney. How this device works is that the bird is able to fly out through the funnel to the outside world, but a door closes behind it denying it access back into the fireplace. Once it is out, your problem is resolved.

What you need to do next is to place some kind of screen over the top of your chimney to make it so that the bird cannot get back in. It may try on a couple of occasions to try to get back in, but as long as you have securely fastened the screen it will have no success. Now you do not have to worry about the chimney Swift getting into your fireplace, while also not having to worry about breaking any laws to get rid of it.

It is now time to freely enjoy the benefits of your chimney to its fullest without having to worry about some poor bird ruining your romantic evening. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it?

For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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How to get rid of birds - my main bird removal info guide.
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Bird job blog - learn from great examples of bird jobs I've done.

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